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Will Claxton

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (36) / 9/14/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'10 / 170

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Will Claxton looks to make his first PGA TOUR start in over four years as he preps for this week's FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Playing out of the reshuffle category, Claxton has 12 starts remaining on a medical extension, needing 385.660 FedExCup Points to fulfill those terms. The Auburn product has been sidelined from the PGA TOUR since the 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with a hip injury. More recently, he's made some rehab starts on the circuit, going 2-for-4 with a T8 at the Knoxville Open being the clear highlight. Prior to his injury, Claxton had proved himself as a steady cut maker, going 35-for-61 on the big stage with eight top 25s to boot. Given the long layoff, there is no reason for gamers jump back in the waters right away. Jun 6 - 7:41 PM

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Will Claxton will enter 2016 with 12 starts on his medical extension in the reshuffle category to collect $655,459 or 385.66 FedExCup points for a promotion to the Major Medical category.

Then again, we relayed the same thing at this time last year. Claxton hasn't competed anywhere since missing the cut at Pebble Beach in early February of 2014. He's been out with a hip injury. The assumption is that he's still on the mend, but no news has surfaced to update us. The 34-year-old isn't on Twitter and he doesn't maintain a website, either. So, we're left with nothing more than the knowledge that the junior event in his name at his alma mater, Auburn University, has been contested twice since he last pegged it on the PGA TOUR, both sans a quote from the tournament's namesake himself.
Fri, Dec 25, 2015 01:25:00 PM

After having surgery on his left hip, Will Claxton will begin the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season on a medical extension in the reshuffle category.

It took a while for the details of his absence to surface, but that's not unusual with golfers way off the radar, even those with status on the world's best circuit. To wit, we don't know why he needed surgery and it's not known when he hopes to return. Claxton hasn't played anywhere since missing the cut at Pebble Beach in early February. He was given 12 starts on the medical to earn $655,459 or 385.660 FedExCup points for a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 04:52:00 PM

Will Claxton is not listed in the published field of next week's Valero Texas Open.

When he withdrew early from the Puerto Rico Open, that raised a flag given his spot in the bottom half of the Tour reshuffle. That he's the only golfer in the top 36 of the same group not to commit to the 144-man field at TPC San Antonio serves as a trend. No news has surfaced to explain his absence since missing the cut at Pebble Beach six weeks ago, but that's not unusual since he doesn't move the needle. He's 4-for-8 on the season and began this week slotted 183rd in the FedExCup standings.
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 08:04:00 PM

Will Claxton has been removed from the published field of this week's Puerto Rico Open. NOTE: Skip Kendall also withdrew as an alternate.

This isn't like any of the other withdrawals this week. Claxton sits 30th in the Tour Reshuffle and 176th in FedExCup points. He hasn't played since missing the cut at Pebble Beach may not crack another field until the Valero Texas Open at the end of this month.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 10:35:00 AM

Will Claxton posted a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in his opening round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Spyglass Hill.

This is what the doctor ordered, especially on the hardest track in the rotation. He hit 15 greens in regulation and erased one bogey with an eagle-3 at the 11th hole and three birdies. He now turns his attention to Monterey Peninsula Country Club's Shore Course for the second round.
Thu, Feb 6, 2014 07:54:00 PM

Will Claxton needs a big week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Claxton missed the cut in this event in his rookie year of 2012, then decided to skip it last season. Given he had to return to the Tour for the Finals in order to attain status for 2013-14, he doesn't have the luxury of being choosy in his starts this time around. That he opted against playing here last year is a solid sign that the course rotation doesn't fit his eye.
Wed, Feb 5, 2014 08:30:00 PM

Will Claxton has embarked on his third PGA TOUR season.

Claxton managed to hang onto his card as a rookie in 2012, but had to step down to the Tour Finals in order to regain his privileges in 2013-14. This season is off to a better start, having made three of four cuts after only making nine out of 24 in 2013. He is subject to the reshuffle, so that he's earned a little cash early is key. All things considered, there are plenty of better options but a few worse as well.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 08:07:00 PM

Will Claxton backed up his opening, bogey-free 65 at The McGladrey Classic with a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in the second round.

At the end of the day when all of the scores are tabulated, he'll likely be under par as it compares to the rest of the field, so by no means did he do any harm in difficult scoring conditions. Claxton hit 12 greens and suffered three bogeys against two birdies. His longest conversion measured 17 feet at the par-4 eighth hole, his penultimate of the round. At 4-under 136, he's just three strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 01:52:00 PM

Will Claxton spun a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-33=65 in his opening round of The McGladrey Classic, finishing three strokes off the 18-hole lead.

The Tour Finals grad cashed in his first two starts of the season, but he's yet to establish himself as viable fantasy investment. Those on board disagree today as he went 4-for-4 in scrambling and picked off five birdies. The set included conventional conversions from 35'1" and 16'11" at Nos. 14 and 7, respectively, but the highlight was a jarred bunker shot from 23 yards away at the par-3 17th. He even added a par save from 11'2" at the 12th hole for good measure.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 09:11:00 AM

Will Claxton shot a 5-under-par 35-31=66 in his opening round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, finishing six strokes off the clubhouse lead.

A survivor from the Tour Finals after a forgettable return trip to the PGA TOUR in 2013, Claxton shared 46th place last week in California and now sets up to cash again in Las Vegas. Finding starts out of the reshuffle is never easy, but converting on them is equally as important. He went 6-for-15 in birdie opportunities today with notable conversions from 34'10" and 12'7" at the fifth and 15th holes, respectively. His only blemish was a bogey-5 at the sixth hole where he sailed his approach over the green.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 05:14:00 PM

Will Claxton turns his attention to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after a T46 at the Open last week.

Claxton begins his third consecutive season on the PGA TOUR after having to drop down to the Tour Finals to regain his status. He sits 20th in the reshuffle, so merely making the cut in the season's first event was an important step towards keeping his reshuffle number high. He tied for 61st in this event in 2012.
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 09:28:00 PM

Will Claxton reached the halfway point of the Wyndham Championship in 5-under-par 68-67=135 and sits six strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

It had been a lost year for Claxton until he strung together three consecutive paydays capped by a T16 in his last start in Reno. Thus far in Greensboro, he's logged 30 greens in regulation en route to nine birdies against four bogeys. Today's set of four birdies including conversions from 25'5" at the first hole and 29'10" and 6. He bogeyed the only hole where he wasn't standing over a birdie putt. He arrived ranked 176th in FedExCup points and 187th in earnings.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 02:26:00 PM

Will Claxton walked away with nine points in the third round of the Reno-Tahoe Open, increasing his total to 22 for the week.

His five birdies more than outpaced his only bogey. Claxton kept his card during his rookie year of 2012, but finds himself in a deep hole with only two weeks remaining before the FedExCup Playoff field is announced. At worst, it looks like he's a lock for his first top 25 of the season with a real shot at a top 10.
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 08:15:00 PM

Will Claxton spun a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship to grab sole possession of the early clubhouse lead.

He's having a terrible year, surviving just five of 20 cuts without a top 25. He arrived in Mississippi ranked 184th in FedExCup points. Today he converted eight birdies, including on all four par 5s to help offset two bogeys. Overall, Claxton landed 14 greens in regulation en route to his low aggregate all season.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 12:39:00 PM